Young Trailblazers: Robert Richardson, general manager, The Grand Folkestone


Grade-II listed The Grand is led by Robert Richardson who is a respected, award-winning general manager in the industry. He has experience in the branded and independent arena with maximising revenue, change management and guest satisfaction real strengths.

Having repositioned The Grand from a failing business to an internationally-renowned brand, Robert is driven to ensure that The Grand is consistently the top of its field. He has had demonstrable success in people development, increasing brand recognition, forging long term industry links and is an inspiring ambassador for his property and for his industry, all with limited resources at his disposal.

Robert’s achievements over the last 12 months include securing financial growth for the hotel in a challenging coastal location, increasing guest satisfaction and TripAdvisor reviews as well leading the hotel to win several industry awards.

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He has also achieved Disability Confident status as an employer, developed 20 new funded hospitality apprenticeships and increased team retention with turnover rate now at 12.1%.

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